Information about Grand Palace (Palacio Real)
The first thing that surprises the Grand Palace in Bangkok is that it is not a single building or Palace, it is a complex of several buildings. The different buildings that made up the majestic Grand Palace of Bangkok are temples, chapels, palaces, gates and walls, that were added during the passage of time and successive generations of branch.
Inside the Grand Palace, we can see the magical Thai architecture with their pointy roofs, carvings and sculptures of inestimable value, a replica of the Angkor temples and the famous Emerald Buddha inside the temple Wat Phra Kaew, a carved Buddha from jade from the city of Chiang Mai, which is the most popular and revered of all Thailand Buddha.
Details for Grand Palace of Bangkok
Built in the year 1782, served as the residence of the Royals of Thailand until the mid-20th century, where after abolishing the monarchy, moved outside the Grand Palace. It is currently Open partially to the public and yet it is still used for some official acts.
Located in the Phra Nakhon district, in the heart of the city of Bangkok along the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok's Grand Palace occupies an area of 218,400 meters pictures (almost 22 acres), the walls that surround the Grand Palace, creating the shape of a rectangle, a total of 1.9 kilometres in length.
The architecture of the Grand Palace is inspired in Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Thailand, i.e., an architectural complex with rectangular shape where the River is on the western flank, the Grand Palace on the eastern flank of the complex and all the buildings are oriented to the North.
Facts about the Grand Palace of Bangkok
The site where stands the Grand Palace in Bangkok was occupied in antiquity by the Chinese community, the King ordered that they move to its current location in the neighborhood known as chinatown.
Due to the shortage of materials and the lack of economic resources, used building materials were mostly wood, for example the exterior walls were originally only among a wooden stockade.
Structures and rebuilt and reinforced over the years, holes the King Rama I ordered to dismantle Ayuttaya (the former capital) to reuse its building materials in the Grand Palace. The goal was to find as many stone and brick available, that Yes, explicitly ordered is not damaged any of the temples (must be borne in mind that at the time the ancient city of Ayuttaya was destroyed because of the wars between Siam and Burma).
Tourist visit the Grand Palace of Bangkok
The complex is the Grand Palace in Bangkok can be divided into four areas:
- The outdoor Patio, where currently there are several public buildings
- The area of the temples and the Emerald Buddha
- The central courtyard, where the reception (Chakri Maha Prasat) area
- The area of the Court and private gardens
Grand Palace of Bangkok flat map
This is the map of the Great Hall that will give us with tickets at the box office. Is a schematic plan where we can see all the rooms of the Grand Palace in Bangkok and all points that are open to the public (the outdoor patio, the temples, the temple of the Emerald Buddha, the reception area and the courts).
Patio outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok
Access to the Grand Palace of Bangkok is by the Door Viseschaisri, its literal translation is the glorious victory. After entering the Grand Palace through the Viseschaisri gate, we will be in the area known as Patio (Khang Na). This area consists of a large green Garden, a few official buildings on right hand side (where many of them are now museums or are used for other functions, such as left-luggage office and linen rental) and at the end of the courtyard, behind the gardens, an imposing white building where is located the box office and access to the temples and the temples of the Emerald Buddha.
This Grand Palace area lacks little tourist attractions, beyond the Museum of Royal clothing and canopy are exposed where a coin collection. However here we will have to pass the first control where it will check the correct appearance and dress code (explained later).
Area of the Great Temple and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
This part of the complex of the Grand Palace in Bangkok is the busiest, most photographed area and the most magical and spectacular Royal Palace. After crossing the outer Court of the Palace, and previous step by box office, will access the area of the Great temples, area visible from practically anywhere in the Grand Palace since the majestic buildings exceed in height the walls surrounding the area of the great temples.
In the great temples besides the impressive architecture, we can see the amazing tile work, flooring and ceramic.
More striking is a huge Golden Tower, style of the buildings of the city of Chiang Mai or the neighboring country of Burma, the name of this temple is Phra Sri Ratana Chedi, popularly the Golden stupa. A stupa is a typical construction of the Buddhism to contain relics and statues. The Golden stupa of the great Palace was built in the image and semenjanza of the stupas of Wat Phra if Sanphet in Ayutthaya brick, which were the old chapels of the Thai capital.
The area of the great temples of Bangkok has a scale model of a place that is known by travellers who have visited Cambodia, is a scale replica of Angkor Wat, i.e., from the temples of Angkor at Siem Riep (Cambodia). It's an immense sculpture in outdoor located just behind the Golden stupa.
The area of the great temples of the Royal Palace contains the so-called Royal Pantheon (Prasat Phra Dhepbidorn), building that only opens its doors one day a year, specifically on April 6. In the interior of the royal Pantheon, statues is exposed to natural size of the 7 first Kings of the Chakri, the branch (of branch I-Rama VII) dynasty.
In the courtyard of the great temples have two statues of 5 meters of height called Thotkhirithon, a giant demons in mythology Thai, which keep the temple sword in hand.
But the most famous building of the great temple is Wat Phra Kaew or as known popularly, The Temple of the Emerald Buddha (to guide us, the great building of ceilings puntiaguados in red and purple surrounded by a small wall in white).
The Emerald Buddha Temple
The most famous pilgrimage of all Thailand is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), where come the faithful from all corners of Thailand to pray before the Buddha. Contrary to the suggestive name, the Emerald Buddha is done in Jade and not on emerald. This Buddha is a carving of the 15th century of about 45 centimeters in height where the Buddha is seated in the Lotus position. The Emerald Buddha statue is placed on an altar of gold and the image is covered by a garment that is changed 3 times a year (winter, summer and the rainy months station), this task is carried out by the King of Thailand.
Access to this sacred relic is forbidden, even forbidden to take photographs, so only the King of Thailand can enter the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which usually go to the ceremony of change of Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Tourists have to make do with seeing the small statue from a distance in the midst of a large crowd of faithful and tourists.
The Temple of the Emerald Buddha according to the books is not a temple and a chapel, since although it contains all the elements of a temple, do not have a room for the monks. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is surrounded by a small wall, this wall is engraved a Thai epic poem called Ramakien (glory of Rama).
Central courtyard and reception area
After leaving behind the area of the great temples we reach the Central courtyard or Reception area of the Grand Palace (Chakri Maha Prasat Hall).
This beautiful building of Renaissance style with Thai traditional ceilings has little to do with the rest of the Grand Palace complex. The reason is simple, the King Rama V commissioned an English architect, who designed the Royal Hall with a clear European style, the Court disagreed with a project with such foreign airs so finally agreed to provide an air more Thai building.
In ancient times this building served as a place of residence of the King, is currently only used a small portion for official receptions and the right wing, as a museum showcasing a collection of Royal coat of arms.
Much of the entrances and roads between the great temples and Royal Hall are currently in a state of improvement, with many of these places closed to the public.
After building Chakri Maha Prasat Hall we have the Pavilion Aphorn Phimok Prasat, an open Pavilion, and also the building within the Grand Palace known as Dusit Maha Prasat Hall, an extension of the main building.
The court of the Grand Palace in Bangkok (Garden Siwalai)
This last part of the complex of the great Royal Palace in Bangkok is separate from the real rooms and the throne, both religious buildings like residential, as well as the Park Siwalai Garden. Only a small part is open to the public.
Opening of the Grand Palace in Bangkok
The great Palace in Bangkok is Open every day of the week in the 8: 30 until the 15: 30 hours. The access to the inside of the enclosure is through the door Viseschaisri (opposite end of the jetty, to orient itself faces along the street Thanon Saranrom Park, there are a few shops and cafes on the other side of the sidewalk).
We recommend you to be at the front door Viseschaisri around 8:00 or 8:10 at the latest, since after the influx of tourists is very large. Also about 8:25 we can see the changing of the guard.
Dress code: how to dress to the Grand Palace in Bangkok?
It is very important to know in order to access the Grand Palace should follow strict codes of conduct and required clothing to visit this place. The following poster warns us How to dress in the Royal Palace in Bangkok.
To summarize, it is obligatory to wear long sleeves and long pants. If by a chance we do not comply with this as strict dress code, will be going to the building next to the control input to rent some long pants for 20 baths (0.5€ to change, do not change, you have to bring the exact price), money that will return us to return the pants. In the case of t-shirts, we do not rent they are sold by 40 baths (1€).
Tip: detachable trousers and jacket, as once inside the enclosure left unchecked the dress code.
Dress code to access the inside of the temples and visit the Buddhas
Order access to the interior of the temples and visit the Buddhas is necessary to shoes is, although it is permitted to enter with socks.
Entrance fee to the Grand Palace of Bangkok
To gain access to the Royal Palace in Bangkok, it is necessary to gain entry, the entry price are 400 baths (about 10€).
Tickets are purchased on the inside of the enclosure of the Grand Palace, just through the door Viseschaisri and after passing the first security checkpoint, we have the lockers where we can purchase tickets, as well as pick up a tourist map of the Grand Royal Palace of Bangkok free of charge.
Note: once abandon the emerald temple enclosure, we can not go back or get back to that part of the Palace.
Location of the Grand Palace in Bangkok
The Royal Palace in Bangkok is so great that it occupies 4 blocks, the main entrance, gate Viseschaisri, is located in the calle Thanon Sanam Chai (district Phra Nakhon).
Getting to Grand Palace of Bangkok
Or the skytrain in Bankgkok, nor the underground have stops close to the Royal Palace, therefore options scroll to reach the great Royal Palace in Bangkok are bus, taxi, tuk tuk and ship (you have to get off at Tha Chang Pier).
Buses to the Grand Palace of Bangkok
Most of Bangkok city buses have stops close to the Grand Palace. The bus lines that stop at the Royal Palace are: buses 1, 3, 9, 15, 25, 30, 32, 33, 39, 43, 44, 47, 53, 64, 80, 82, 91, 201, 203, 501, 503, 508 and 512.
The price of the bus does not exceed 10 baths (25 euro cents), the price of the ticket the driver is paid directly and although they do give change, care should be taken to bring small bills (not more than 100 baths).
For more information see official website of the Bangkok Bus (in English).
Precautions in the Grand Palace of Bangkok: thieves and scammers
It must be very attentive in Bangkok not be scammed, being the great Royal Palace in Bangkok a place where probably trying to scam us. As said the cartel that is hung from the walls of the great Royal Palace "Beware of friendly strangers".
The most common scams in the surroundings of the Grand Palace is to tell us that the Palace is closed, or that that day there is a ceremony or official act and are not allowed access. Maybe try to sell us tickets for the Grand Palace which are false, tickets to the Palace have already been used, which are expired, or resell us Tickets valid for the Grand Palace but 4 times its value.
Scammers from Bangkok, with a strong command of English and many other languages , kindly ask the blueprint that we have at hand to start painting and highlight places, curiously, are far from our location. A fairly common scam is just telling us that that day is the day of Buddhism, special day of the lunar calendar, etc... and only on that day of the month or the year you visit a Buddha (either lucky or big buddha buddha), or convince us to go to a jewelry fair opened only one week a year, at a store that liquid stock etc.... course are shops that pay commission to scammers every time they have customers.
As Council there is a tourist information Office opposite the Grand Palace of Bangkok, if you need information or an address, is better to go there or ask another tourist. And of course, Watch your belongings at all times, especially right before the Palace opens its doors, where there are large numbers of people.
Videos of the Grand Palace in Bangkok
Here you have a video as a virtual tour inside the complex that makes up the Grand Palace in Bangkok, visiting the various tourist sites in Thailand this wonder.
Grand Palace of Bangkok (Thailand)